Murders in Germany, wars in the Middle East


This Associated Press video says about itself:

First anniversary of deadly NATO airstrike

SHOTLIST

Char Dara district, Kunduz province – 29 August 2010

1. Mid of site where airstrike on tankers happened
FILE: Char Dara district, Kunduz province – 05 September 2009

2. Former NATO commander in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal visiting the site a day after strike, burnt tanker in background

3. Mid of McChrystal and other NATO officials

4. Various of destroyed tanker
Char Dara district, Kunduz province – 29 August 2010

5. Zoom out of site

6. Mid of children playing at site
Char Dara district, Kunduz province – 27 August 2010

7. Wide of locals in Char Dara district

8. House of Haji Abdul Basir, who lost three of his sons and one of his grandsons in the strike

9. Various of Basir’s family

10. SOUNDBITE (Dari) Haji Abdul Basir, father and grand father of strike victims:

“Germany is our biggest enemy; they bombed us because of the two fuel tankers. If they hadn’t done what they did we would have been ready to sell our lands and pay them the cost of the tankers.”

11. Mid of Basir’s grandchild
Kunduz city, Kunduz province – 29 August 2010

12. SOUNDBITE (Dari) Hayatullah Khan, provincial director for Afghan Human Rights Commission in Kunduz:

“From the day after the incident, the commission started its investigation on the incident. After ongoing meetings with German PRT (Provincial Reconstruction Team) in Kunduz and meeting officials from German Defence ministry, we asked them if they could help the families of the victims in a way to repent for what happened and we also asked them to make sure there will not be anymore civilian casualties in future military operations.”

Kunduz city, Kunduz province – 31 August 2010

13. Wide shot of NATO military base in Kunduz province

14. SOUNDBITE (German) Major Stephen Wessel, German military spokesman in Kunduz:

“The one who did that from a military point of view at the time, who was responsible, had his reasons to act as he had decided. I can’t say anything more than this at this point.”

15. Close of hands

16. SOUNDBITE (German) Major Stephen Wessel, German military spokesman in Kunduz:

“The German army supported financially the victims’ relatives we could research and concerning this, the compensation to the victims’ relatives is now over. There are no further intention of support from the German army’s side. Beyond that, there are some further projects to support, but the security situation here in the region doesn’t allow for it at the moment.”
Kunduz city, Kunduz province – 29 August 2010

17. Wide of police checking cars and people in Kunduz city, rifle in foreground

18. Various shots of police checking car

19. Wide of checkpoint

STORYLINE

A year after a German-ordered airstrike on two tankers in Afghanistan that is believed to have killed scores of civilians, families in Char Dara are remembering their relatives.

On 4th September 2009, German Colonel Georg Klein ordered the NATO airstrike against two tanker trucks that had been seized by Taliban insurgents near Kunduz, fearing they could be used to attack troops.

The attack in the northern Afghan province killed up to 142 people, many of them civilians.

German officials have said the Taliban may have been planning a suicide attack on the military’s base using the hijacked tankers.

A year on, 65-year old Haji Abdul Basir was embittered by the incident which took the lives of his three sons and one of his grandsons.
“Germany is our biggest enemy they bombed us because of the two fuel tankers. If they hadn’t done what they did we would have been ready to sell our lands and pay them the cost of tankers,” said Basir.

Hayatullah Khan, the provincial director of the commission added that the issue of the civilian casualties in the military operations still remains a concern for them.

By VICTOR GROSSMAN in Germany:

These tragedies are born close to home

Wednesday 27th July 2016

VICTOR GROSSMAN reports from Berlin on causes of the spate of violence striking Germany and across Europe

ONE, two, three, four — so many killing scenes in Bavaria in little over a week. And that against a backdrop of terrible, even worse killings in so many towns and cities elsewhere.

My main reaction is sorrow. Sorrow for the innocent people who only took the train, went shopping or went to a concert and then never came home. And even more sorrow for the families and friends for whom they were irreplaceable.

Among the many, many flowers, candles and toys placed at the sites of the killings one word is often repeated: “Warum?” — “Why?”

In the hunt for answers we must look first at the perpetrators of these killings. Almost all were young men whose feelings had been twisted into hatred. Some had been diagnosed as mentally ill but the others must surely have suffered too to do such terrible things.

We need not look all too far to find possible causes of such hatred or, frequently, of distorted despair. I think of what hundreds of thousands of people have gone through. War-torn home towns, shootings, explosions and bombings in their native Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, a terrifying flight to get away, to find some haven, some place where they can escape and perhaps even realise their hopes and wishes but a hellish journey to get there.

For those who reached the Promised Land, Germany, some were lucky and found some of the many warm-hearted people who welcomed and helped them.

But all too many were met with callousness, rejection, neglect and greed, even violence, and the constant threat of being sent back to ruins and poverty.

In even the best cases there were the problems of finding oneself in a strange land, with a strange language and very different customs.

This is enough to twist the minds of many people, but not least of all those of young males barred from work and dignity, from family, from women.

Yes, my sorrow extends to all of them too — and to the tragedy of young lives distorted by such experience, lacking guidance or a chance to fight back properly, often so very much alone.

I cannot absolve them of guilt. But I can find guilt elsewhere as well. How many of the good, peaceful people in Bavarian towns and cities — or in other peaceful places — know or care about the killing in the homelands of these people and who has been responsible for them?

What was the punishment for the German colonel who in 2009 ordered the bombing in Kunduz which killed up to 100 civilians? Or was it 150? Who cares, really — except their families? And they, after all, received a full $5,000 for each death. Colonel Klein, who ordered the raid, was promoted to general a few years later.

Who still cares that in 2015, also in Kunduz, 30 or 40 medical personnel or patients, some of them children, were killed by a US war plane in repeated “mistaken” bombing attacks despite immediate pleas to desist? This time relatives were paid $6,000 for each family member killed. After all, one must not disregard inflation!

How many hundreds of thousands were killed in Iraq after a war based on conscious lies? The counting has not been so accurate as in the sad Bavarian massacre. How long have US weapons and German weapons been used to kill civilians in Yemen, in Syria, in Somalia? How long have US weapons and military assistance been used in the destruction of Gaza and repression in Palestine?

Most Arab people certainly know of all these things — and do not easily forget them. How many in Bavaria are aware of them? Or in Germany? Or the US?

The “unfortunate mistakes” at wedding parties and the like are not easily forgotten by sons or brothers. Is it surprising that some seek retribution, even blind retribution? Sadly, very tragically, the ones to suffer and die from such retribution are sometimes peaceful citizens of Arnsbach, Munich or other cities, who are just as innocent of any wrongdoing as those in Kunduz or Kirkuk. And, until the shots or blasts can be heard and felt, just as uninvolved.

This means that everything must be done, wherever we are, to get as many involved as possible. Not only must we oppose the bloody attacks from the sea, ground or air, but also the shipment of the utensils of death to those areas, indeed, to any areas.

We must let the people of other countries solve their own problems — without our pressures, our interference, above all without our weapons.

My sorrow extends even further, to much of what I see in the world which leads to death thoughts, large and small scale.

I firmly believe that we must oppose the cult of killing which pervades our entire culture, the war films, the video games and the media heroics which idolise Western snipers, torturers and killers of all kinds while detailing over and over the misdeeds of a tiny number of immigrants.

But the arms industry brings in billions. Its crooked influence is related, in no small measure, to killings of all kinds, whether by a mentally ill youngster on a peaceful street in Bavaria — inspired or not inspired by Isis leaders — or committed by a handsomely uniformed and decorated general and his men, praised by their embedded journalists as heroic saviours of our civilisation.

Indeed, they and the men behind them in their skyscraper boardrooms are, directly or indirectly, the truly guilty ones, for the wars, the waves of refugees, the misery and countless personal tragedies.

Can they be removed before we all kill each other off in some final hungry desert — or in a sudden final atomic blast?

Refugees are ‘poison’, Hungary’s Orban says


This video says about itself:

28 August 2015

Hungary’s barbed-wire fence still proves no barrier for migrants

Screaming in agony, a young migrant girl gets her hair tangled in barbed wire as her family scramble through mud seeking a better life in Europe.

Barely old enough to understand what is happening to her, the girl was forced to crawl under a razor-sharp fence to get across the border into Hungary.

But as she wriggles through the dirt, her hair becomes caught and she lets out a cry of pain.

A woman, believed to be her mother, who is carrying a baby in one arm, uses her other hand to untangle her and the family rush to safety.

Again, unfortunately not that surprising news about the ‘Erdogan of Budapest’.

Viktor Orbán and Recep Tayyip Erdogan are the best of friends: here.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Hungarian prime minister calls migrants entering Europe a ‘poison’

The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has described the influx of refugees and other migrants into Europe as a “poison” that his country “won’t swallow”. …

A House of Lords report published on Tuesday concluded Britain was failing to take in its fair share of unaccompanied child refugees. ..

Hungary will hold a referendum on 2 October on its participation in the EU migration relocation scheme.

Last year hundreds of thousands of migrants travelled through Hungary and Austria to try and reach other European nations.

But Mr Orban’s government curbed the flow by erecting razor wire and fences along Hungary’s southern borders.

Budapest, the country’s capital, introduced further anti-migrant laws this month, including a return of the controversial “no-man’s land” on the Hungarian-Serbian border, where the land is not recognised as either country’s territory. Hundreds of refugees and migrants are stuck in camps there.

The comments come after Mr Orban said the tough foreign policy of US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was “good for Europe and vital for Hungary”.

Sandra Bland arrest cover-up, Texas policeman says


This video from the USA says about itself:

31 December 2015

Scores of protesters held a vigil in commemoration of Sandra Bland in downtown New York on Wednesday evening. 28-year-old Bland’s death in police custody in Texas earlier this year sparked widespread protests across the United States, with protesters blaming the authorities for her passing.

By Michael McLaughlin, Reporter, The Huffington Post in the USA:

Police Officer In Sandra Bland Case Describes Alleged Cover-Up

He claims that facts in her favor were omitted from the final report.

07/26/2016 08:38 pm ET

A Texas police officer on Tuesday accused law enforcement officials of covering up what he saw during Sandra Bland’s controversial arrest last summer.

Prairie View police officer Michael Kelley told The Huffington Post that portions of his original incident report, which reflected poorly on the state trooper who arrested Bland, were removed. He also alleged that he was threatened by a Waller County prosecutor for speaking out about what he’d witnessed on that July 2015 day.

The Waller County district attorney denied the latter claim, while the Prairie View Police Department did not respond to a request for comment.

Bland, who was accused of assaulting trooper Brian Encinia, died in a Waller County jail three days after her arrest from an apparent suicide. The 28-year-old’s death sparked a national outcry as activists said she never should have been arrested and her family argued that she wouldn’t have taken her own life.

By the time Kelley arrived on the scene of what began as a traffic stop, he said that Bland was already handcuffed in the back of a squad car. He said he overheard Encinia, who had turned off his own body camera, admitting that he didn’t know what charge to lodge against Bland, but declaring that he’d come up with something. That’s one key part of Kelley’s incident report that he claims has been removed.

“My opinion is that he messed up,” Kelley told HuffPost. “He did not have probable cause to detain her after he pulled her out of the car.”

Another detail missing from the incident report, the officer said, is his observation that it looked like Bland had been struck in the head.

“She had a large mark on her head. Maybe she fell when she was in handcuffs. Maybe she got kicked,” Kelley told HuffPost. She complained about head pain but didn’t cooperate with emergency medical workers, he said.

In all, Kelley said that officials whittled his two-page rough draft down to less than a page and entered it into the official record without his approval. He said he also wanted to testify before the grand jury investigating Bland’s arrest, but that Assistant District Attorney Warren Diepraam threatened him.

“He told me it wouldn’t be good for my career,” Kelley said. “Then I told him I was going to talk to Sandra Bland’s mother’s attorney, and he told me I was going to be beneath the jail.”

Diepraam did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s inquiries.

Encinia was still indicted for perjury for alleged false statements about the arrest. The trooper was also fired.

United States Democratic party convention update


This video from the USA says about itself:

Bernie Sanders Delegates Protest At Media Tent Of Democratic National Convention

26 July 2016

Jordan Chariton of TYT Politics reports from the Bernie Sanders delegate walk-out and sit-in of the media tent at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Jordan speaks with Vermont delegate Shyla Nelson about why the protest happened.

DNC’s leaked emails expose corrupt funding practices within the Democratic Party: here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

26 July 2016

Jimmy Dore speaks with host of RT’s Redacted Tonight, Comedian Lee Camp outside the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

This video from the USA says about itself:

26 July 2016

Jordan Chariton of TYT Politics sat down with David Sparks, Wayne Borders and Shyla Nelson on Day 2 of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to discuss this election cycle.

This video from the USA says about itself:

26 July 2016

The Young Turks give you a 360° look inside a Bernie Sanders rally.

This 26 July 2016 video from the USA says about itself:

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii nominates Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Fox Sheriff: DNC “Embracing Criminality” Letting Trayvon’s Mom Speak

26 July 2016

Sheriff David Clark went on Fox News to criticize the DNC for having the mothers of fallen black children speak about police violence. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola (ThinkTank), and Michael Shure, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Republicans Upset By Insufficient DNC Warmongering

26 July 2016

Republicans are criticizing the DNC for not including enough ISIS pants peeing in their speeches. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola (ThinkTank), and Michael Shure, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

Trump tweeted “Why aren’t the Democrats speaking about ISIS, bad trade deals, broken borders, police and law and order. The Republican Convention was great.” Trump’s running mate, Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN), also criticized the Democrats, saying “It is extraordinary to think that yesterday in Philadelphia 61 speakers came to the podium and not one of the[m] named ISIS by name.”

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement: “The fact that we heard zero mentions of ISIS or terrorism from any of the speakers on the first night of the [Democratic convention] only confirms how far Democrats have their heads buried in the sand on national security issues.”

While Hillary Clinton did mention ISIS in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Republicans are correct that no Democratic speakers mentioned the terrorist organization at the first night of the DNC.

This criticism about national security is ironic, however, given the dearth of attention [about] climate change, which the Pentagon has characterized as a immediate security threat, received at the Republican National Convention.”

Read more here.

CLIMATE CHANGE JEOPARDIZING U.S. MILITARY BASES “Rising sea levels due to hurricanes and tidal flooding intensified by climate change will put military bases along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast at risk, according to a report released on Wednesday.” [Reuters]

War and the Democratic National Convention: here.

This Sleeper Issue Took Over The Democratic Convention’s First Night. The Trans-Pacific Partnership was suddenly on everybody’s lips: here.

This 26 July 2016 video from the USA says about itself:

Bernie Sanders Overpowers The Boos In Moving DNC Speech

This video from the USA says about itself:

26 July 2016

Jordan Chariton speaks with Bernie Sanders delegates, while locked out of the press tent outside the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Why Did Sanders Delegates Protest At DNC?

26 July 2016

Why did the Bernie Sanders delegates walk out? Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola (ThinkTank), and Michael Shure, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

This video from the USA says about itself:

26 July 2016

Jordan Chariton speaks with protesting Bernie Sanders delegates outside the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Susan Sarandon on US Democratic party anti-Sanders scandal


This video from the USA says about itself:

Susan Sarandon Slams “Disgusting” DNC Crusade Against Bernie

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon spoke to TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton on July 24th, 2016 at the Climate Revolution Rally at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Sarandon touched on the resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the wake of the DNC leaks that proved collusion against Bernie Sanders. Sarandon also discussed where the Bernie Sanders movement goes from here.

Resignation Not Enough, Wasserman Schultz Forced to Drop Gavel, Too: here.

Leaked emails show Democratic National Committee targeting Sanders campaign: here.

Facebook admits blocking WikiLeaks’ DNC email links, but won’t say why: here.